Chicken and Okra Skillet

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Happy new year! It’s 2015 already y’all. Can you believe it? HOW are we already here?

I remember thinking that summer being over was weird. And now CHRISTMAS is over. SO weird.

I have fond memories of my great Aunt Joan always making pickled okra around the holidays. I’m pretty sure that she always made it, but we mostly saw her around the holidays so I just associated it that way. Who knew that a kid would love to dig into dig into a big old jar of homemade okra? 

My kids sure wouldn’t.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that I like lots of forms of okra. Fried, steamed, cut, you name it. It’s all good in the okra hood. My husband, not so much. Though for the new year, he is committing to eating better so he decided he would give it a chance. So I decided I would come up with something really tasty to get him on the okra train.

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So I made this! My own creation of a few flavors that I thought would go well together. I love what the okra adds to this dish. It’s a bit slimy and soft, but that makes this so good. Gives it a sort of stew texture.

My favorite part? It’s a one-pot meal! You can easily make this whole meal in your skillet. Thank you Jesus!

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My husband’s verdict was made apparent when he went back for seconds! I withheld a large smile inside as I watched him dole out the next helping. I told him at the beginning that I thought that he was going to be surprised and he said that he was.

All the ingredients are really simple. Many might be things you already have. This is so quick to whip up so it would make a nice weeknight meal.

Chicken and Okra Skillet
Tomatoes, Okra, and Chicken make a great combination in this easy recipe for a great weeknight meal.
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  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 2 ribs celery, chopped
  3. 1 small onion, chopped
  4. 2 tsp minced garlic
  5. 1 lb fresh chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces
  6. 1 (12 oz) bag frozen cut okra
  7. 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  8. 1 tsp cumin
  9. 1 tsp beef bouillon
  10. Salt & pepper to taste
  1. In 1 tbsp olive oil, saute onion and celery over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and saute until browned. Add chicken pieces and cook until no more pink.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Make hole in chicken, celery and onion mixture. Add frozen okra to the middle. Cover and let steam for 5 minutes.
  4. Add can of diced tomatoes, beef bouillon, and cumin. Let simmer for about 5 minutes until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper and serve!
  1. I use my kitchen sheers to cut up the chicken! Makes it quicker and easier than a knife.
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  1. I have not had okra in years! This looks and sounds delicious and my husband would love this!

  2. I am NOT a vegetable person. I think I was born without the vegetable loving gene, but I have braved many new flavors recently, but okra has yet to be one of them. Perhaps this might inspire me to try it. Your photography is beautiful and the recipe looks delicious even if okra doesn’t turn out to be a favorite.

  3. Maybe it’s time you have it again Julie! 🙂 Let me know if you try it!

  4. Haha! Well I applaud your honesty. My husband is not a vegetable person either. He was very skeptical about this one and he turned out to like it! Maybe one day you’ll find a veggie you like. 🙂

  5. I myself have never tried pickled okra, but I do love it fried! This is quite the creative dish you’ve created, and I really like how it’s comprised of simple ingredients. Simple foods, aren’t they the best?

  6. My son John loves Okra. He would eat it every day if I made it. I will have to try this recipe for him.

  7. Great recipe, looks really healthy. I have yet to try okra. I wonder if I would like it. I guess I will have to try it to find out.

  8. Stephanie Keeping says

    That looks amazing!

  9. Yum, this look so incredible..I’m loving the okra! One pot meals make clean-up so much easier.

  10. Oh I am so EXCITED!! This is Whole30 compliant – so I can have it! YYYAAAYYY!! *happy dance*

  11. My dad grew up on okra and loves it. I am not a fan! But I would make this for dad’s birthday!

  12. I’m not a big okra fan, but my husband is. One of my goals for 2015 is to cook more things HE likes. I think I’ll give this a try!

  13. I honestly don’t think I have ever tried Okra. Guess I need to learn more about it and see if it would be something I like. I am not very picky so I am sure I would probably like it.

  14. Wow, this looks yummy! I can’t believe I’ve never cooked with okra before. I’ve eaten it, of course. But I should really try it out in my own kitchen. Thanks for the cooking inspiration!

  15. Looks awesome! And I love okra. So does my husband. I’m saving this one. Thanks!

  16. Okra is new to me…I don’t think I have ever had it unless it was hidden in something. You make it look good, though! I love all of the vegetables in this dish.

  17. You really need a jump to recipe button and print recipe button so your site is not abandoned due to being too cumbersome

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